Discussion in 'Teacher Time Out' started by TeacherNY, Jan 2, 2010.
Jan 3, 2010
Once I finish my marking, I'll post my "menus" for the past couple of days.
If you want to see what I'm doing now, search for the DASH diet. They have a full week of menus, plus recipes.
Before I was worried about sodium and trying to lose weight, my diet looked like this: (Remember, I was in college full-time, and working three part-time jobs, thus the eating out sometimes.)
Breakfast: 1 bowl of Special K, a banana, Starbucks coffee Fappuccino.
AM Snack: lite yogurt
Lunch: 6' turkey sub on whole wheat with lettuce, green pepper, onions, cucumbers, honey mustard, and black pepper.
PM snack: two rice cakes, some baby carrots
Dinner: Chicken and rice, salad, steamed or boiled veggies, fruit for dessert.
Some nights, dinner would be fish instead of chicken, or whole-wheat pasta instead of rice. Also, I'd sometimes cave and have a bagel out for breakfast with low-fat cream cheese.
When I took my lunch, I always took a Boca burger on pita bread with hummus, and would grad a Wendy's side salad and spray on low-fat dressing.
As I mentioned somewhere before, I drank 8 glasses of water a day, and completely eliminated soda, chocolate, fried food, mayo, cheese, and red meat.
On this "diet" I lost 20 pounds in three months. I'm doing a somewhat modified version of it right now.
I think I just had my last grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup for a while. It's a shame as I've come to associate that with productive grading. Ah well, considering last week Rockhubby thought he was goosing me but was instead grabbing my back flab, I need to stop eating so much!
Breakfast: 1 serving steel-cut oats with 1/4 cup almond milk and 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup 1% milk (in my coffee)
Lunch: half a whole wheat pita with 2 slices of lean turkey, 1/4 of an avocado, 1 tablespoon cream cheese and lettuce, baby carrots, 1/4 cup fruit mixed with 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
Snack: pear and a chai tea (made with 1% milk)
Dinner: about 4 ounces round steak sauteed with mushrooms and sweet onion, green beans
Breakfast: 2 slices organic whole wheat bread with 1 tablespoon almond butter, 2 egg whites, 1/2 cup yoguert with 1/2 cup of berries
Lunch: turkey wrap (above), baby carrots and a clementine
Snack: 2 slices lean turkey wrapped around 1/2 ounce of low-fat mozzarella cheese, an apple
Dinner: grilled pork chop, broccoli, salad, whole wheat couscous or orzo (haven't decided which) and a pear
I'll join! I started the last BL edition, but then was in the hospital for a while and never got back to it. September I have lost 25 pounds, and I want to lose another 20- making my goal weight 145.
Ugh. I was doing so well, then went out to dinner last night. I stayed with my plan of having a few chicken wings and ordering the vegetable skewers. However, I did indulge in a few bites of dessert. BUT, that wasn't the worst part. The friend who took us out ended up having a medical issue, so we drove her home and spent the night at her place. She was very grateful and made us an amazing breakfast this morning. It was a lovely gesture, so I had to eat (I won't go into the details for fear of tempting everyone away from their diets, but there was nothing low calorie to choose from). I'm clinging to the fact that I've been very diligent since I started my diet, so I'm hoping this doesn't put me behind too far.
You need to be able to live, Special-t. Don't beat yourself up; all of your diligence will pay off.
I've done the Weight Watchers thing in the past with quite a bit of success, but I find it difficult to keep track of all the points and everything... but I'm hoping that my iPhone will help me this time around... I just wish Weight Watchers had an app for point-tracking available in Canada.
I've had success with Weight Watchers in the past as well; it's a great program. I'm a little anti-WW right now, however, not because of the program but because of a couple of friends and acquaintances who have had success with the program and have been preaching it to any in earshot, whether we want to hear or not. In early fall, we were at a Tim Horton's with the soccer team, getting the girls a quick bagel or soup between games. One of the moms asked at the counter for the Nutrition Information pamphlet and then proceeded to tell all of us how many points we were consuming. I was deeply offended. I know it's not the program, it's the person, but the stubborn me wants to lose a different way.
I hope you find a way to track that works for you, dfleming. I know that is where I always tend to get lazy and then give up completely. That, then, gets me to where I am now--needing to lose 50 pounds.
I'm hoping to be able to work out tomorrow, but I started my New Year's Eve with a 5am fall down my stairs. Most of the pain is gone but I lost several exercise days. NOT happy about this.
I did a 30 minute WATP DVD today. I'm picking up another DVD tomorrow at the library. I'm hoping to get to the store to buy some weights to use with them. I just have to find out where they sell them.
UGG, that stinks! I hope you feel better soon. I know how you feel, though. I was doing well with my working out this summer but injured myself and couldn't do anything for 6 weeks. I gained back 7 of the 13 lbs I lost. I'm all healed up now so I have no more excuses
cat~I hope you're recovering quickly though.
I need to start doing my TurboJam again. I was really starting to see some changes when I did that.
I really want to get that, but I wasn't ever sure if it was worth the money! I may order it!
I need to blow the dust off of the 30 Day Shred.
I have no idea where my 30 day shred dvd is. I bet my husband stashed it somewhere because he got cranky every time I worked out (I made him leave the house...but still) LOL
Any sporting goods store (Dick's, Sports Authority), even Walmart has some hand weights.
I joined a gym on 12/30 and I've worked out every day this year (I know, it's only the 3rd, but it makes me feel good to say that). We'll be weighing in at school on Wednesdays, so I'll post my weight loss then.
I wanted to try the weighted balls that they use in the video. They don't have to be the exact brand, though. I'll look around this week.
I love my gym. It is just one of those Anytime Fitness places, but it is convenient and I can go anytime. I have been known to sneak in and out a few times a day when I am being good. I like to do cardio 3X per week and weight training 2X per week. I do love cardio! But I know the biggest losers weight train too! Keep me motivated girl. And BTW - I am not giving up my soda either. Just cutting WAY back. I have to have something to look forward to and it is my vice. I tried giving it up cold turkey and all I could do was THINK about it. Just read the book by Bethany Frankel. I highly recommend it. I got the audio because she read it and it was like she was talking TO me! LOVED IT! I constantly put it in my ears to motivate myself.
SC~we have an Anytime Fitness here where I live so I might have to go check them out too.
I am actually applying for the REAL biggest loser - wish me luck!
silver- That would be AWESOME if you got on there! You'd have to give us a shoutout! Good luck!
Crossing my fingers for you!!!! You will definitely have to let us know if you make it!
Is it just me?...
I have SERIOUS anxiety regarding gyms. I always feel like people are looking at me and thinking "what is that girl doing?" I have some self-esteem issues and I always end up comparing myself to a woman who looks great. I find it very difficult to even go.
I also feel like I don't know the first thing about creating a healthy eating lifestyle. There are SO many diets out there. I thought eating a banana was ok and then I heard yesterday they weren't really a good "choice."
Does anyone else feel like this?
I'd love to work out at home, but I sub during the day and only have 2 hrs. in between my second job at night. That gives me just enough time to stop at the gym, attempt to work out, shower and then get to my second job. I'd try to work out in the morning, but by the time I get home from work, it's really late.
Any ideas gang?
I just want to lose weight and get in better shape...Oh yeah, I'd love a full-time teaching job too!
I have the same issues involving the gym. I just grin and bear it sorta speak. I think to myself that we're all there to try to lose weight or keep it off.
I'm doing okay except for some minor issues with my right hand. Everything else landed on carpet but my right hand smacked full force into the central air intake, so I'm a little bruised. Now that the whiplash is gone, I'll hit Curves tomorrow.
My big birthday present, I hope, is a 10 Minute Trainer set.
My doctor told me I need to eat at least a banana a day. The key to eating healthy is to limit calories and fat, eat reasonable portions, eat lots of whole grains, fruits, veggies, and lean meats. I also have to avoid sodium because of blood pressure (which is why I should eat bananas) but any diet that has you limiting or avoiding any type of food that is a healthy choice when eaten in the correct amount (no carbs, only lettuce, no dairy, whatever) is not healthy.
Simba- Of course a banana is healthy. 100 bananas? No, probably not. Is there something healthier than a banana? Yes, there is. But fruits and veggies are always okay to eat. They are so much better all the junk food you could be eating. It's all about moderation and variety. I eat a lot of fruit but I try to eat many different kinds. Yesterday I had an orange and grapes, today it was a gigantic apple, and tomorrow I'm thinking a pear and maybe some blueberries. That's what works best for me, never eating the same thing two days in a row.
Small gyms like AnyTime or Snap are perfect with self esteem issues. It is ALMOST like having a gym to myself. There is never anyone there except at typical peak times (9am-10am & 4pm-6pm), Often I go and there is only one other person working out. Yes, the occassional super skinny girl comes in and runs for an hour (and I think poor thing - she is aneroxic - I know it is my coping mechanism). But mainly it is just me and someone that looks like me or some no name guy that uses the weights quickly and then high tails it out. I like going around 7am on the weekends, but often don't get in until 2:00pm or so. Each time I go, I am pleasantly surprised. The gym is always clean, cameras are there for security, and like I said NEVER crowded. Don't worry about feeling insecure. We ALL feel that way honestly. I just throw on my happy face and say, screw it. i want to look good and be healthy! Also, try a women's only gym. Curves is another gym that is for every woman. I have tried to work out at home - I even bought and sold a bow flex. Going to a gym really works for me for some reason. Maybe the fact that I have it coming out of my checking account every Month? No, I just like it. You can even get a personal trainer to help get you started in the beginning so that you know how to use all the machines correctly. And don't forget that walking is a great form of cardio and its FREE. The only problem with that is... in the summer it is too easy to say, its too hot and in the winter to say, its too cold. I highly recommend a gym- but only because it works for me!
I love it! Easy, convenient, and about the same price as anywhere else. Go online first. They are always running specials. Check out Snap Fitness and Curves too! I hear that those are great places to work out too and they are "curvy" friendly!
Jan 4, 2010
I used to be like that-even going to the track. I would turn around and go home if other people were there. Finally I realized that I would never lose any weight if I let that bother me. So now I just go and don't worry about what anyone else thinks. If you look around, most people are worried about themselves and don't pay any attention to anyone else.
You might want to try getting up early and working out. It's extremely hard for me to get up any earlier, but I do it on days I'm not able to work out at night. If you get into the habit of doing it, then it's not so bad.
I've let myself go this year I am in to.
Starting Weight: 208
Goal Weight: 185
To start off I want to break 200
It's interesting how people that attend gyms to lose weight can often feel self-conscious that others are looking at them and it's really no different for those that attend gyms to stay in shape and train. I don't go to a gym to run because I prefer roads and trails, but the few times I have, I have occasionally felt self-conscious, thinking that people are thinking the same thing you just wrote in your post. It's not easy for anyone to go to a gym and avoid thinking that others are thinking about them.
I am back in. I have now lost 47 pounds since July by doing what SCTeachInTX said. Mainly just cutting my portions down by quite a bit and cutting carbs most of the time. I just cannot follow a "diet", but by eating pretty much whatever I want in smaller amounts, I am not feeling deprived. It was hard during Christmas break, being home and having a bunch of snack items around-it's much easier to be at school! And I really have gotten used to eating less and not wanting more, but I still have a long way to go.
Count me in!!!
But there are still a lot of holiday treats in the house that would be a shame to see go to waste, so I will have to delay entry into the program for some time.
Better to waste than to waist!!
Alice- I love that!